Stash Busting – Essentials Part 2

To set the scene of this post, I am writing this from a small corner of a café in the local swimming pool, casually observing my youngest daughter and her friend having fun. I do laugh at myself sometimes at my choice of locations for impulsive blog post writing, but when you have the urge to write you have a duty to yourself to respond accordingly!

Now for part two of my bid to make handmade clothes for myself that can be incorporated in to my everyday wardrobe. I wanted to make a couple of camisole tops. As the warmer weather is starting to arrive and with a little taste of the lovely British summer at its best at the weekend, the need for lighter tops is becoming more of a necessity. I own a few RTW camisoles but wanted to add my own in to the mix. Continue reading “Stash Busting – Essentials Part 2”

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Stash Busting – Essentials Part 1

At last spring is here for good it seems! Last week was the first week of the Easter holidays for my children and I’m pleased to say the weather has been gorgeous.  We have spent the week mostly on family days out, which has been so lovely as it seems such a long time since we’ve done that.  I think Christmas was the last time.  Now that the weather is more favourable and the early evenings lighter, we will do more together as it helps us to connect and feel more grounded in our busy lives.

In a bid to gain more vitamin D, we are tackling our overgrown garden this weekend as it’s going to be very warm indeed.  Hoping to get it ship shape for the coming spring/summer months so we can enjoy our outdoor space together too.  However, before I don my garden gloves and attire, I thought it was about time I did a blog post – sorry for the delay!

Although last week was fairly busy with family outings, I did manage to squeeze in a couple of sewing afternoons and finished three of my stash busting essential Rumi Tanks! Continue reading “Stash Busting – Essentials Part 1”

The Handmade Fair v’s The Knitting & Stitching Show

What a lovely spring day it is today.  I decided this morning to get some fresh air and walk with my youngest daughter as she begins her day testing out a new school.  Whilst there is a little nip in the air, it is sunny and warming on the face and a great vitamin D day! Sitting here in my sewing room, typing this post, the sun is coming through the window and I’ve even opened it ajar to feel the lovely spring air.  Not sure if this picture shows that enough, but it’s the best I’ve got!  Hope you feel in good spirits today too.

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This post was meant to be posted yesterday, but my wifi was playing up and after a three hour slog involving unplugging and plugging wires, running up and down the stairs pressing buttons to try and connect, I got fed up and realised it was not meant to be.  This morning has a positive feel to it and within 15 mins I got it working.  Hurrah!

 

My post today is, hopeful, a helpful comparison of two craft fairs that I have attended since starting sewing three years ago.  The first was the Handmade Fair last September, hosted at Hampton Court in Greater London and the second was last weeks Knitting & Stitching Show, held at the Olympia, West Kensington, London. Continue reading “The Handmade Fair v’s The Knitting & Stitching Show”

Reflections, Pure & Simple

I thought I would start February and this weeks post reflecting on how January turned out. As is the case for many, it started with resolutions made.  For me that included starting a personal sewing blog, sewing more and making more use of my time.  For the most part, resolutions achieved.  I started my blog mid-way through January and as a result I am more focused on my sewing.  However the ‘more use of time’ resolution has had its’ up moments and slight down moments.  My plan was to feel more in control of my time, not just for sewing, but encompassing all things important in my life; my lovely husband and wonderful children, my wider family, close friends and other things I enjoy; like cooking, reading, dancing, walks and so much more, whether alone or sharing with others dear to me. Continue reading “Reflections, Pure & Simple”

It’s An Ochre Obsession

How cold was last week?  I am definitely not cut out for the UK winters’.  Damp, cold and miserable.  Very envious of anyone who lives in warmer climates or those lucky enough to be on holiday in the warm.  Any chance you could send some sun and an increase in temperature over here please?!  The weather has certainly affected my sewing mo-jo, as my sewing room, positioned at the back of the house, has more external walls than internal. Even with a radiator and electric heater, it is very cold indeed!  Cold hands – less sewing. Perhaps I need to invest in some finger-less gloves for times such as these, or knit myself a pair for next year?  Cold weather calls for a lovely hand-kitted jumper and handmade fluffy wool coat and I have just the garments!

Continue reading “It’s An Ochre Obsession”

The Renfrew Top-A Simple but Worth While Make

fullsizerender-3                                                                            Hello again, here I am with another sewing make after what seems like a busy and very fast week.  Already 2017 is speeding up and looks to be faster than ever for most of us, with little time to draw breath!  A interesting, dramatic and saddening  week Worldwide too with lots of discussion and views appearing in force on social media and beyond.  Whilst I have my own thoughts and views on these events, I do feel that we should live very much in the present, balancing our minds and sharing what we feel positive about in our own lives.  For me, I have been overwhelmed with the response from family, friends and new contacts in the sewing community, following the start of my blog nearly two weeks ago.

It’s quite a scary experience putting yourself out there and I was very nervous and self conscious about the whole thing, so far you’ve all made me feel very welcome.  Thank you.

Turning to my finished Renfrew Top by Sewaholic Patterns , Continue reading “The Renfrew Top-A Simple but Worth While Make”

First up – 1940’s Tea Dress

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My first project of Jan 2017 is made and I have to say what a joy to make.  I used the Sew Over It 1940’s Tea Dress PDF pattern, which is recommended for a intermediate sewer.  I made the dress out of this beautiful teal patterned Liberty  sandwashed silk, from Ray Stitch in London.  I have had this in my stash since last summer and was waiting for the moment that I was brave enough to make something with it, without making a hash of it! This would have been criminal, not to mention an expensive mistake!  So I waited patiently for a little bit of experience with similar floaty fabrics and silk.  I will share some of those makes with you soon, which include a silk lined faux fur coat and my eldest daughter’s prom dress! Continue reading “First up – 1940’s Tea Dress”